Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

tour archive

Tour 86 / Belgian Beer from the Wood

Wednesday 3 May – Monday 8 May 2017

This unique two centre tour is based in Kortrijk and Aalst, two perfect beer towns from which to explore Flemish Red Brown beers and Lambic beers. This Tour will look at wood and beer and how wood can be used to make beer taste interesting. We’ll also be looking at and tasting Belgian barrel-aged beers. This Tour will include the biennial Toer de Geuze on the Sunday 7 May 2017 which is a lambic-lovers heaven and a great day out in LambicLand. Read more.

Tour 85 / Christmas in Bruges 2016

Wednesday 21 December – Monday 26 December 2016

Join us for an alternative Christmas spending Christmas Day in a brewery! This popular Tour is based at the four star Hotel Academie in central Bruges. We go out every day on our coach for visits to cosy countryside bars, for meals in some of Belgium's best food and beer cafes and wrap up warm for visits to breweries with brewery tours and beer tastings. Get away from the turkey and tinsel and have a proper holiday with us! Read more.

Tour 84 / Beer on the front line: Ypres & The Somme

Tuesday 11 October 2016 – Sunday 16 October 2016

This special Beer & Battlefields Tour investigates beer and the Western Front, including time in the Ypres Salient, Arras (Vimy Ridge) and the Somme. Read more.

Tour 83 / Beer on the Tracks

Thursday 25 August – Tuesday 30 August 2016

Our 2016 Beer & Transport themed Tour focuses on trains, trams and beer in Belgium. This six day Tour is based at the luxury four star Hotel Keizershof in Aalst from which central East Flanders location we will explore, including a trip on the brilliant Belgian Coastal Tram. Read more.

Tour 82 / Flemish Breweries: Traditionalists & Trailblazers

Friday 13th May – Tuesday 17th May 2016

Anew tour showcasing Belgian beer by looking back at traditional brewers and forward to innovators on the Belgian Beer scene. Read more.

Tour 81 / Belgian Beer from the Wood

Thursday 21 April – Monday 25 April 2016

This new and unique tour is based in the excellent four star Hotel Keizershof in Aalst from where we will explore old Flemish Reds & Browns, Lambic beers, and barrel-aged beers. This Tour will include the third biennial Rondje Roodbruin. Read more.

Tour 80 / Christmas in Bruges 2015

Monday 21 December – Saturday 26 December 2015

Based at the Hotel Academie in Bruges and spending Christmas Day eating and drinking at a warm, comfy brewery! Read more.

Tour 79 / Beer & Battlefields 2015

Thursday 22 October – Tuesday 27 October

Based at the Flanders Fields Novotel Ypres, this is a six day Tour guided by Siobhan McGinn who now has an MA in British First World War Studies from Birmingham University, specialising in Beer on the Western Front. Read more.

Tour 78 / Trains & Boats & Inclined Planes

Thursday 27 August – Monday 31 August 2015

This brilliant new Tour is based in luxury downtown Novotel Gent in Flanders most beery city, Ghent, and is themed on a variety of Flemish transport. Read more.

Tour 77 / 1815–1915 Beer & Battlefield Centenary Tour

Wednesday 17 June – Monday 22 June 2015

This special six day Tour takes in the centenary of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on 18 June 1815 just south of Brussels and the 1915 battlefields of the Great War. Read more.

Tour 76 / LambicLand & Toer de Geuze

Friday 1 May – Tuesday 5 May 2015

This Tour is designed for those who love Belgium’s Lambic beers and takes in the superb bi-annual lambic day, the Toer de Geuze. Over the five days of the Tour we aim to visit all of Belgium’s lambic brewers and blenders and the best of the specialised lambic cafes of LambicLand. Read more.

Tour 75 / Flemish Beer & Culture Tour

Thursday 2 April – Monday 6 April 2015

This five day Tour offers a fantastic opportunity to sample Flemish beer and culture in Flanders at Easter time and on the weekend of the famous Tour of Flanders cycle race. This Tour will take in a quality selection of Flanders breweries, cafes, museums and cultural sites. Siobhan McGinn our resident historian will keep you informed on tour of the history and cultural background of the sites we will visit including the Battle of the Golden Spurs as we are staying in Kortrijk where it was fought in 1302. Read more.

Tour 74 / Christmas in Bruges 2014

Monday 22 December – Friday 26 December 2014

This has become one of our most popular Tours. Christmas day in a brewery! Fabulous Christmas buffet with meats, seafood and all paired with superb beers from Emelisse Brewery. We stay in a centrally based Bruges hotel and go out and about in our coach each day of the Tour. Read more.

Tour 73 / Beer & Battlefields Centenary 2014

Thursday 23 October – Tuesday 28 October 2014

This is a special centenary Tour in October 2014 to commemorate the settling of the front line in the Great War around the Ypres Salient in October 1914. We will be visiting some of the most historic sites one hundred years on especially those connected with the First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914) and taking in some of the areas historic beer culture too. Read more.

Tour 72 / Hops & Pops

Thursday 18 September – Monday 22 September 2014

This five day tour is based around the Poperinge area, known as ‘Pops’ to First World War British soldiers. This region is famous for its hops and we will focus on the hop plant and explore its relationship with beer in the Westhoek. Read more.

Tour 71 / Beer & Battlefields 2014

Thursday 22 May – Monday 26 May 2014

Our fifth Beer & Battlefields Tour in this special centenary year is once again fully guided by Siobhan McGinn, MA, currently undertaking a Masters Degree in British First World War Studies at Birmingham University. She will be guiding us around some well known and less well known sites across the immortal salient to explain their significance in the Great War, plus behind the lines to share the latest on her special research subject, Beer on the Western Front. Read more.

Tour 70 / Leuven & Antwerp

Saturday 26 April – Wednesday 30 April 2014

This fabulous Tour takes in two of Belgium’s finest cities, the twin Flemish jewels of Leuven and Antwerp, both long famed for their culture and beer. Read more.

Tour 69 / Bruges Beer Festival & Beyond 2014

Saturday 1 February – Wednesday 5 February 2014

This Tour takes in the annual Bruges Beer Festival as well as getting us out and about in Flanders. Read more.

Tour 68 / Christmas in Bruges 2013

Monday 23 December – Friday 27 December

Our popular five day Christmas Tour based again at the four star Hotel Academie in the centre of Bruges. The tour will include days out with our coach including a Christmas Day buffet, beer tasting and tour at the excellent Emelisse Brewery just over the Dutch border. Read more.

Tour 67 / Totally Trappist 2013

Tuesday 1 October – Sunday 6 October 2013

A superb five night, six day tour and exceptional experience of beers from all the Trappist beer producing monasteries in the world, visiting some monastery breweries, monastery brewery taps and a Trappist beer festival. This tour will take us to the far corners of little Belgium, and beyond to La Trappe in the Netherlands. Read more.

Tour 66 / Beer & Heritage 2013

Friday 9 August - Monday 12 August 2013

Based at the Novotel Leuven, this Belgian Beer Tour will combine beer tourism with historical and cultural sites in Belgium including Huyghe's new Delirium Brewery and a boat lift. Read more.

Tour 65 / Beer & Battlefields 2013

Thursday 23rd May – Monday 27th May 2013

This is our fourth Beer & Battlefields Tour. Our base is the friendly Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo, the site of one of the many Belgian breweries destroyed in the First World War. This Tour will centre on battlefields and breweries in the Ypres Salient in Flanders and will as usual include visits to well known and some less well known sites. We will have the services of Siobhan McGinn as our guide to Flanders Fields, and this year Siobhan will be giving us the benefit of her studies on the MA in British First World War Studies which she began in Autumn 2012. Read more.

Tour 64 / LambicLand Revisited 2013

Friday 19th April – Monday 22nd April 2013

This Tour is based at the Ibis Brussels Centre Sainte Catherine Hotel in the centre of Brussels, ideally situated to explore the heart of the Belgian lambic scene. We aim to visit all of the lambic brewers and blenders, some on the superb bi-annual lambic day – the Toer de Geuze – and some on other days so we have more time to spend at certain venues. Read more.

Tour 63 / Around Bruges in 80 Beers & More 2013

Saturday 2nd February – Tuesday 5th February 2013

This four day Tour is based at the four star Hotel Academie in the centre of the historic city of Bruges on the weekend of the Bruges Beer Festival which takes place in the Halletoren on the Markt Square. Read more.

Tour 62 / Christmas in Bruges 2012

Saturday 22nd December – Wednesday 26th December

This is a fantastic five-day Tour based at the four star Hotel Academie in central Bruges and is a great way to spend Christmas if you want to get away from it all! Read more.

Tour 61 / Abbey Beer Pilgrimage 2012

Thursday 20th September – Monday 24th September 2012

We are pleased to announce a new themed Belgian Beer Tour which explores the authentic Abbey beers of Belgium. Read more.

Tour 60 / Beer & Heritage 2012

Friday 24th August – Monday 27th August

We have once again secured the services of our friend and Archaeologist, Dave Buckley to act as guide on our popular annual Beer & Heritage Tour. This year we are based in the historic city of Leuven at the luxury Novotel. Read more.

Tour 59 / Beer & Battlefields 2012

Thursday 3 May – Monday 7 May

This will be our third Beer & Battlefields Tour. This year we return to the friendly Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo, which was one of the many Belgian breweries destroyed in the first World War. This Tour will centre on battlefields and breweries in the Ypres Salient in Flanders and will as usual include visits to well known and some less well known sites. Read more.

Tour 58 / Best of Belgian Beer Tour 2012

Thursday 1 March – Monday 5 March 2012

This superb Tour is an opportunity to taste some of the best beers from the greatest brewing country in the world. This trip is for both beginners and experienced beer travellers alike. The five-day Tour is based at the fantastic four star Hotel Keizershof in the centre of the beery town of Aalst. Read more.

Tour 57 / Bruges Hop Over 2012

Saturday 4 February – Monday 6 February 2012

This three day, two night Tour takes in the Fifth Bruges Beer Festival and is based in Bruges. We also add in an optional Sunday jaunt in East Flanders to the great Bosteels brewery and a lunch stop in Flanders flower-growing district. Read more.


You can also browse previous tours on our old website here.

About Podge’s Beer Tours

I’m Chris ‘Podge’ Pollard, and I organise Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours offering a varied programme of Tours in Belgium and further afield for everyone from novice to expert. I’m co-author of LambicLand (2004, 2010 second edition); Around Bruges in 80 Beers (2006, 2009 second edition, 2013 third edition); Around London in 80 Beers (2008). I have over 30 years expertise in beer event management. We also run Belgian Beer Bars at major UK beer festivals and are available for hire! I’m also something of a specialist in pork scratchings and gourmet pickled eggs, but that’s another story...

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